SARH staff get on their bike to raise charity funds
THREE keen cyclists from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) are preparing to use pedal power to complete an epic endurance challenge through the borough for charity on Friday, September 20.
As many of the top cyclists cross the country in the Tour of Britain, Chris Dixon, 43, Dave Wheat, 44, and Martin Sawyer, 23, are taking part in their own 60 mile cycle tour of 18 SARH Independent Living Schemes in Stafford Borough to raise money for Greenhall Nursery and Key Learning Centre.
The nursery, which provides support for pre-school children with a range of learning and physical disabilities and their families in Stafford, is SARH’s nominated charity this year.
“The idea to do a cycling challenge came because earlier this year I sold my car and I’ve been taking the train from my home in Wolverhampton to Stafford and cycling the rest of the way to work,” said Chris, who is General Manager at Stafford and Rural Homes.
“This is easily the toughest physical challenge I’ve ever done but Greenhall Nursery is a fantastic local charity and it’s great to be able to do our bit to support them,” he added.
The three cyclists will set off at 8am from Blythe Lodge, in Blythe Bridge, and aim to finish at SARH’s head office, at the Rurals, on Staffordshire Technology Park, shortly after 3pm.
Customers living at a number of the Independent Living Schemes are also holding coffee mornings and other events during the day to help raise money for the challenge.
“As someone who is only a casual cyclist this is a real step for me. In training I’ve been stepping up the distances and I’ve found the first 10 miles of cycling the hardest, if I can get through that I should be OK,” said Dave Wheat.